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Friday's News: The world reacts to President Trump's vulgar remarks about Haiti and African nations. Plus, GOP lawmakers and the White House reject a tentative bipartisan deal for "Dreamers." 

Immigration talks founder after White House rejects deal and Trump insults foreign countries

by the Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe, Erica Werner and Josh Dawsey

“Immigration talks on Capitol Hill foundered Thursday after the White House and some GOP lawmakers rejected a tentative deal from a bipartisan Senate group — and President Trump made incendiary remarks about people from developing countries.” http://wapo.st/2EAK143

Where was Oprah in 2016? Another what-if for Hillary alumni by POLITICO’s Annie Karni

“Oprah Winfrey’s viral Golden Globes speech sounded, to many viewers, like a soaring convention speech — if not her own, then certainly the spotlight-stealing speech delivered as a surrogate for someone else.” http://politi.co/2DpMa3v

Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa by the New York Times’ Julie Davis, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Thomas Kaplan

“President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and some nations in Africa, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than from places like Norway, according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation.” http://nyti.ms/2D66Sri

Pentagon Demurs on Explanation of Satellite Debacle by The Wall Street Journal’s Nancy Youssef and Andy Pasztor               

“The Pentagon refused to say anything at a briefing Thursday about why a classified U.S. government satellite launched by a contractor failed to reach a stable orbit and instead plummeted back into the atmosphere in what is presumed to be a total loss over the weekend.” http://on.wsj.com/2mlS9hr

(Don’t) Miss Independents by the Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter

“Listen to cable TV or almost any political discussion these days and you’ll hear the term “the base” a lot. “Isn’t this all about Trump keeping his base happy?” or, “will the Democratic base accept a compromise with the president?” or, “which party has the most motivated base?” What we hear little to nothing about in these discussions is the feelings/votes/leanings of independent voters.” http://bit.ly/2DoAVbs